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Question #92673 posted on 10/05/2019 9:06 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

One thing that comes up when discussing helping the planet is whether things that are "good" for the planet are actually good for the planet. Sometimes it comes to light that something that is biodegradable, recyclable, etc. is actually really environmentally unfriendly to manufacture. Which brings us to my question: are silicone products (reusable silicone bags that replace plastic bags, silicone water bottles, silicone kitchen spatulas, etc.) good or bad for the environment, taking the production process into account?

Curiouser and curiouser


Dear Curiosa,

For these types of questions isn't as much whether something is good, it's whether something is a better option, or under what conditions it would be a better option. Consuming anything will have an environmental impact such as carbon emissions, but if we can switch out for something that has a smaller footprint we could consider that good.

I searched several articles, and founda report done by the European Union. I skimmed it, you can find it here (Report). Basically, silicone production has overall lower emissions, but sometimes it uses platinum catalysts which are really bad. If you want to satisfy your curiosity though, the report is 58 pages of quality research. Hope this helps!